This member of the
Amaryllidaceae family was described by Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1797. It is found on the
eastern coast of South Africa, growing in well-drained soil with
some water and little sun. It have broad leaves which will get 25
centimetres long, and an onion which can grow to 8 centimetres in
diameter. The flower is white, and the plant can both be reproduced
by seeds, from the reed fruits, and by offsets.
Former a member of
the Liliaceae family
It is actually
evergreen like H. deformis and H. pauculifolius.
The name Haemanthus
is derived from the Greek "haima" meaning blood and "anthos"
meaning flower - a reference to the red flowers of most species. Albiflos
refers to the white flowers of this particular species.